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From the Ted Talk by Ben Saunders: Why did I ski to the North Pole?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

It just about worked. A pretty dramatic landing — the plane actually pessad over four times, and I was a bit worried it wasn't going to land at all. The pilot, I knew, was clelad Troy. I was eixnetcpg someone called Troy that did this for a living to be a pettry tough kind of guy. I was bawling my eyes out by the time the plane landed — a pretty eoatoniml moment. So I toughht, I've got to compose myself for Troy. I'm soeppusd to be the roughty toughty explorer type. The plane taxied up to where I was snatdnig. The door onpeed. This guy jupemd out. He's about that tall. He said, "Hi, my name is Troy." (Laughter). The co-pilot was a lady called Monica. She sat there in a sort of hand-knitted jumper. They were the least macho people I've ever met, but they made my day. Troy was smoking a cigarette on the ice; we took a few photos. He clbimed up the ladder. He said, "Just — just get in the back." He threw his cigarette out as he got on the front, and I climbed in the back. (Laughter) Taxied up and down the rawuny a few tmeis, just to flatten it out a bit, and he said, "Right, I'm going to — I'm going to give it a go." And he — I've now learned that this is standard pctacrie, but it had me worried at the time. He put his hand on the throttle. You can see the control for the engines is actually on the roof of the cockpit. It's that little bar there. He put his hand on the throttle. Monica very gently put her hand sort of on top of his. I thought, "God, here we go. We're, we're — this is all or nothing." Rammed it forwards. Bounced down the runway. Just took off. One of the skis just celppid a pressure rgdie at the end of the runway, bkianng. I could see into the cockpit, Troy battling the controls, and he just took one hand off, reached back, flipped a switch on the roof of the cockpit, and it was the "fasten seat belt" sign you can see on the wall. (lteauhgr) And only from the air did I see the big picture. Of course, when you're on the ice, you only ever see one obstacle at a time, whether it's a pressure ridge or there's a bit of water. This is probably why I didn't get into tbloure about the length of my airstrip. I mean, it really was sratnitg to break up.

Open Cloze

It just about worked. A pretty dramatic landing — the plane actually ______ over four times, and I was a bit worried it wasn't going to land at all. The pilot, I knew, was ______ Troy. I was _________ someone called Troy that did this for a living to be a ______ tough kind of guy. I was bawling my eyes out by the time the plane landed — a pretty _________ moment. So I _______, I've got to compose myself for Troy. I'm ________ to be the roughty toughty explorer type. The plane taxied up to where I was ________. The door ______. This guy ______ out. He's about that tall. He said, "Hi, my name is Troy." (Laughter). The co-pilot was a lady called Monica. She sat there in a sort of hand-knitted jumper. They were the least macho people I've ever met, but they made my day. Troy was smoking a cigarette on the ice; we took a few photos. He _______ up the ladder. He said, "Just — just get in the back." He threw his cigarette out as he got on the front, and I climbed in the back. (Laughter) Taxied up and down the ______ a few _____, just to flatten it out a bit, and he said, "Right, I'm going to — I'm going to give it a go." And he — I've now learned that this is standard ________, but it had me worried at the time. He put his hand on the throttle. You can see the control for the engines is actually on the roof of the cockpit. It's that little bar there. He put his hand on the throttle. Monica very gently put her hand sort of on top of his. I thought, "God, here we go. We're, we're — this is all or nothing." Rammed it forwards. Bounced down the runway. Just took off. One of the skis just _______ a pressure _____ at the end of the runway, _______. I could see into the cockpit, Troy battling the controls, and he just took one hand off, reached back, flipped a switch on the roof of the cockpit, and it was the "fasten seat belt" sign you can see on the wall. (________) And only from the air did I see the big picture. Of course, when you're on the ice, you only ever see one obstacle at a time, whether it's a pressure ridge or there's a bit of water. This is probably why I didn't get into _______ about the length of my airstrip. I mean, it really was ________ to break up.

Solution

  1. passed
  2. expecting
  3. supposed
  4. emotional
  5. climbed
  6. standing
  7. runway
  8. times
  9. ridge
  10. thought
  11. called
  12. trouble
  13. pretty
  14. opened
  15. jumped
  16. banking
  17. practice
  18. starting
  19. clipped
  20. laughter

Original Text

It just about worked. A pretty dramatic landing — the plane actually passed over four times, and I was a bit worried it wasn't going to land at all. The pilot, I knew, was called Troy. I was expecting someone called Troy that did this for a living to be a pretty tough kind of guy. I was bawling my eyes out by the time the plane landed — a pretty emotional moment. So I thought, I've got to compose myself for Troy. I'm supposed to be the roughty toughty explorer type. The plane taxied up to where I was standing. The door opened. This guy jumped out. He's about that tall. He said, "Hi, my name is Troy." (Laughter). The co-pilot was a lady called Monica. She sat there in a sort of hand-knitted jumper. They were the least macho people I've ever met, but they made my day. Troy was smoking a cigarette on the ice; we took a few photos. He climbed up the ladder. He said, "Just — just get in the back." He threw his cigarette out as he got on the front, and I climbed in the back. (Laughter) Taxied up and down the runway a few times, just to flatten it out a bit, and he said, "Right, I'm going to — I'm going to give it a go." And he — I've now learned that this is standard practice, but it had me worried at the time. He put his hand on the throttle. You can see the control for the engines is actually on the roof of the cockpit. It's that little bar there. He put his hand on the throttle. Monica very gently put her hand sort of on top of his. I thought, "God, here we go. We're, we're — this is all or nothing." Rammed it forwards. Bounced down the runway. Just took off. One of the skis just clipped a pressure ridge at the end of the runway, banking. I could see into the cockpit, Troy battling the controls, and he just took one hand off, reached back, flipped a switch on the roof of the cockpit, and it was the "fasten seat belt" sign you can see on the wall. (Laughter) And only from the air did I see the big picture. Of course, when you're on the ice, you only ever see one obstacle at a time, whether it's a pressure ridge or there's a bit of water. This is probably why I didn't get into trouble about the length of my airstrip. I mean, it really was starting to break up.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
north pole 4
open water 4
helicopter pilots 3
guy called 2
slap bang 2
artic ocean 2
ice conditions 2
hf radio 2
ski poles 2
radical approach 2
pack ice 2
full moon 2
pocket wireless 2
satellite phone 2
blogging live 2
called troy 2
pressure ridge 2
south pole 2
ross ice 2
ice shelf 2
return journey 2

ngrams of length 3

collocation frequency
ross ice shelf 2

Important Words

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  2. airstrip
  3. banking
  4. bar
  5. battling
  6. bawling
  7. big
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  10. break
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  45. laughter
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  61. practice
  62. pressure
  63. pretty
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  66. reached
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  69. roughty
  70. runway
  71. sat
  72. seat
  73. sign
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  75. smoking
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  84. thought
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  87. time
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  92. trouble
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  96. water
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  98. worried